Archives for December 2017

Unicoi Co. Honored By State For Perfect Audit

(UNICOI) Unicoi County is one of just eight statewide to receive a perfect audit from the Tennessee Comptroller’s office for this past fiscal year.

It’s the second year in a row that the audit came back squeaky clean. Finance Director Phyllis Bennett told the Johnson City Press that in the county, each office is audited separately, so every office can keep their information up to date and follow state guidelines.

Unicoi is just one of three counties, along with Tipton and Bedford- to have perfect audits in at least each of the past two years.

Tennessee Regulators Allow Deadline Extension in Wellmont/Mountain States Merger

(NASHVILLE) The Tennessee Department of Health and state Attorney General’s Office have extended the deadline for closing the Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System merger deal.

Instead of a Jan. 1 deadline, Mountain States and Wellmont executives now have until Jan. 31 to finalize the hospital system merger, which has to occur before the state will officially grant the merged company, Ballad Health, its Certificate of Public Advantage. 

The health systems cited two reasons in asking for the extension- one, to allow Virginia’s Technical Advisory Panel more time to measure the merger’s impact on public health in Southwest Virginia. 

The Johnson City Press says the other reason for the delay was Congress’ recently passed tax reform legislation, specifically how it would prohibit tax-exempt financing for certain nonprofit organizations, like hospitals. 

Local Police Staffing Up For DUI Patrols on New Year’s Eve

(JOHNSON CITY) Police across the Tri-Cities are stepping up patrols and DUI checkpoints tonight and tomorrow.

Officials with the Carter County Sheriffs Office told NewsChannel 11 they’re bringing in extra deputies to patrol and keep an eye out for erratic driving. Johnson City Police also told the station that they’re staffing up for New Year’s Eve.

But Johnson City Captain Brian Rice said in this day and age with services like Uber and Lyft, plus cabs and AAA’s Tow to Go, there’s no reason anyone should be getting behind the wheel if they’ve had a bit too much to drink.

Reward Offered In Case of Stolen Guns

(WASHINGTON) Federal officials say two rewards up to $5,000 each are available for information about guns stolen from two Tennessee firearm dealers.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says about 31 guns were stolen from Double Tap Tactical in Clarksville on Christmas.

The bureau says approximately 19 guns were stolen from Golden Eagle Pawn in Dickson on Dec. 19.

For each case, the bureau is offering up to $2,500 to be matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

The rewards are part of a larger national cooperative between the bureau and the foundation to help solve cases involving guns stolen from federally licensed dealers.

D-B, Gate City Finish in Top 6 at Arby’s Classic

(JONESBOROUGH) The Arby’s Classic has now wrapped up after four days of action. North Carolina’s North Mecklenburg emerged victorious on Saturday at Viking Hall, winning 62-53 over Columbus, Mississippi to claim a second Arby’s title.

Locally, Dobyns-Bennett and Gate City both finished in the top six of the tournament.

The Indians defeated Columbia, 80-63 to earn 5th place. Gate City beat Lakota East, 66-54 to earn 6th place.

Black Moves To Concentrate On TN Run

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congresswoman, Diane Black steps down as House Budget Committee chairwoman, in her bid for governor of Tennessee…Jim O’Reilly…

The Republican says she’ll continue to serve in Congress, but is leaving the budget post to focus more on the campaign. Black pointed to her work with President, Trump on budgeting and a wide-spanning tax reform law. She noted the law eliminates fines for people who don’t carry health insurance.

Boy Is OK

(BRISTOL, TN) – The family of the 15-year-old boy with autism, Isaiah Chocquette… missing for hours from the Walmart parking lot in Bristol, Tennessee…says Isaiah is doing very well.

State and local agencies searched for Chocquette. The boy’s family was shopping at Walmart on their way home from Nashville, when he became upset and ran into the woods.

Teams on ATVs went in to find the youth. Customers also joined in to help. He was found three miles away.

No Decision In Felon Trial

(FLOYD COUNTY) – A jury trial, with the defendant and chief witness for the prosecution telling widely differing stories about a trade between a farm implement and two guns, ends in a hung jury in a Floyd County courtroom.

David Scarberry, a convicted felon from Willis, denied receiving any weapons and said he was not part of the trade involving the weapons from Tim Boone in September, 2015.

Lee Had A Violent Background

(FREDERICKSBURG) – A Fredericksburg man, who shot his wife and fired his gun at state troopers before killing himself had a long criminal history.

Gregory Lee had been convicted over the years of attempted rape, as well as assault and battery of a police officer. Investigators told reporters Lee committed those crimes several years before he shot and killed his wife on Thursday…with children nearby left unhurt.

Lee crashed in a pursuit with troopers…he was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Delegate Flap To Be Solved This Week

(RICHMOND) – Virginia elections officials set next Thursday as the day say they will randomly draw the name of the winner in a bitterly contested race that could decide the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates.

State republicans accuse the democrats of delay tactics in an effort to sway the outcome.